14 Jul 2022TWITTER.com
In an interview with Variety, talking about his decision to publicly defend Florence Pugh after she faced “vulgar” criticism for wearing a sheer Valentino dress
It was easy. She made a really good point. I thought it was worth saying again. Say it louder for the kids in the back […] She said something that people might need it to hear.
In an Instagram story, in response to the controversy on Florence Pugh’s highly-publicized Valentino dress
What. Is. So. Terrifying? Take a look at yourself fellas. Then take a look at your mates and step up when it’s time to step up. When the boys are out of line, have a word. The weird thing about misogyny is men actually listen to other men. So do your bit, cos the next few years in particular are gonna be a really good time to listen, and take some responsibility, for everyone’s sake.
7 Mar 2022INSTAGRAM.com
On her Instagram
Happy EVE of International Women’s Day! I’m so thrilled and honored to spend it with 3 sheroes - Secretary Hillary Clinton, Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Judge Lina Hidalgo. We will talk about electing more women into Congress and in local politics, reproductive rights, ratifying the ERA, and where these leaders believe we should begin. Become a member of @onwardtogether. Join us! @hillaryclinton @team_pelosi @linahidalgotx
19 Aug 2020TWITTER.com
2020 Global Women’s Forum for Peace and Humanitarian Action
I think a feminist "Good Place" looks like a place with equality because feminism isn't about women being more important than men or anyone else. It's about them being equal: equal representation, equal seats at the table, equal roles in leadership and their communities.
In a speech on the House floor
Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters, I am two years younger than Mr. Yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr Yoho treated his daughter. I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men. When you do that to any woman, what Mr. Yoho did was give permission to other men to do that to his daughter. In using that language, in front of the press, he gave permission to use that language against his wife, his daughters, women in his community, and I am here to stand up to say that is not acceptable.
In an interview with Vanity Fair
We know as women, when you speak up, you’re labelled a b*tch—immediately. Unruly—immediately. Just as a woman. As a woman of colour, there is very, very, very little you have to do. All you have to do is maybe roll your eyes, and that’s it.
24 Aug 2019THEGUARDIAN.com
In an interview with The Guardian, before being interrupted by kitties
I’m kinda used to being gaslit by now, and I think it happens to women so often that, as we get older and see how the world works, we’re able to see through what is gaslighting. So I’m able to look at 1989 and go – KITTIES! [...] Having dealt with a few of them, narcissists basically subscribe to a belief system that they should be able to do and say whatever the hell they want, whenever the hell they want to, and if we – as anyone else in the world, but specifically women – react to that, well, we’re not allowed to. We’re not allowed to have a reaction to their actions.
In an interview with Press Trust of India
I am glad that people are now sort of well aware. And for the younger generation, it is normal as opposed to me or the older generations. We sort of have to rethink about it. Making it a norm should be the aim. That’s important and I think it occurs […] It is fantastic that there is a change happening. There has been a conversation for a while now. You talked to people 10 years ago about a female superhero film and most of them would have said it won’t work and so on […] I think ‘Captain Marvel’ or ‘Wonder Woman’… these films have made more money than any of the other stand-alone. These films have as much or sort of more following and appreciation than other films.
In an interview with Forbes
I was raised a feminist. I was told by my mother that to be a woman was really a privilege. It is unacceptable that women are not equal. It is unacceptable that women are treated as meat and trafficked and so we all have to take a stand together.
In an interview with Boston Globe, talking about the #MeToo movement
I’ve got my ears open. I hear what’s being said, and I think adjustments have to be mad. Some I knew about, some I knew about but wasn’t conscious of, and some are just horrible old traditions. It’s having an effect on me. When I read a script and all the male characters are great and all the women characters are taking off their clothes, and the men are making love to them heroically and the women are thanking them, I think, ‘Hmm. I don’t think this washes anymore,’ and I’m not alone.
In a Facebook post, talking about the controversy surrounding her use of a revealing dress in cold weather
This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. This is sexist, this is ridiculous, this is not feminism. Overreacting about everything someone says or does, creating controversy over silly innocuous things such as what I choose to wear or not wear, is not moving us forward. It’s creating silly distractions from real issues. Get a grip people. Everything you see me wear is my choice. And if I want to be cold THAT’S MY CHOICE TOO!
5 Dec 2017LENNYLETTER.com
In an opinion piece for Lenny
It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with d***s, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. [...] Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.
30 May 2017EW.com
During a press conference after the Cannes Film Festival
I do believe that if you have female storytelling you also have more authentic female characters. The one thing I really took away from [all the films at Cannes] is how the world views women from the female characters that I saw represented. It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest.
3 Nov 2015YOUTUBE.com
On the Power 106 radio show, after being asked which a girl could last without for longer: a phone or her makeup
Is this what you think girls have trouble choosing between? Is this men assuming that that’s what girls would have to choose between? [...] You need a little brushing up on equality over here.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, talking about the recent selection of author Seth Grahame-Smith — who has zero prior feature directing experience — to direct the new The Flash movie
You mean to tell me that there are no women who might have already made a film who might have been worth talking to for The Flash. You’re a major studio saying, It doesn’t matter if you have experience or not, we still want him. I don’t know that guy, and he’s probably the greatest guy, but as a woman filmmaker, I have to think, what does that say about that choice? It’s always the young, cool hipster white guy. Always.
In an op-ed in The Advocate, apologizing for a statement she made about the gay community
I was on Bret Easton Ellis's podcast the other day discussing sexism and misogyny. I made a dumb generalization, and for that I apologize. For everything else I said, no, I will not. Where does it say that because of a man's sexual orientation, I don't get to point out a character defect that some of them may have? When equal pay for women was voted down by every male Republican, there was no LGBT outcry. I wondered why that was. After all, lesbians are women — this affects them too, right? Misogyny infuriates me and it endangers me as a human. It also endangers the LGBT community. Empathy for the plight of women isn't making it better. Your voice will. Could I have articulated my frustration in a better fashion? Undoubtedly. For that I apologize, but I stand by my overall point. The rights that have been earned by the community are simple civil rights. What I want is for gay rights activists to help other disenfranchised groups. These activists are experts while so many other groups flounder. It's time to share the wealth and knowledge. And I will correct myself and my off-the-cuff comment — gay men certainly aren't more misogynistic than heteros, but I've met some who have come damn close. In some ways, it's more damaging, because it's coming from men that have faced so much hate.
On a Tumblr post
I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living. I don’t want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction. I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if I did this by accident and I’m gonna flounder without them. Or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers. I’m tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things I enjoy somehow make me a lesser person. I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected. I promise I do not hate men at all, nor do I believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above.
In an interview with The Guardian
Sometimes I think women are lucky because they can develop in ways men can’t… It’s our bodies that color how we function in society. We’re all stamped by our sexuality: whether we’re straight or gay, whether or not we have children. Emotionally men and women are different, but only as a result of the physical differences. It all comes back to our bodies.